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Oregon St. Beavers football: Five new players to know in 2012

Ready to bleed orange and black in Corvallis

Despite the rising popularity of the University of Oregon, Mike Riley held nothing back in this season’s recruiting process for the OSU Beavers. With a defensive and offensive line that’s been lacking, Riley’s bringing in some big boys to mix things up.

With this incoming class, expect a huge upgrade over last season’s 3-9 record.

5) Joel Skotte

One of Oregon State’s lone defensive standouts, Skotte is an Oregon native out of Bend. Though undersized for a middle linebacker, he possesses great speed and tackling technique—two defensive components desperately lacking in 2011.

With potential to play both inside and outside, and already well developed defensive tools, Skotte could be the next great player to come out of Linebacker U.

He’ll pair perfectly with Michael Doctor.

4) Chris Brown

Ever since Jacquizz Rodgers‘ departure OSU has been lacking in the back field. Malcolm Agnew had a great first game of the year, but fell to injuries throughout the rest of the season.

Just like Agnew, Chris Brown is a player who could see plenty of playing time his freshman year. He has the size of a perfect compact back, just how Riley likes ’em. His versatility makes him an every down player who can line up just about anywhere.

With such developed tools, once he adds on some bulk he could be a stud in the backfield.

3) Gavin Andrews

Looking to shore up the offensive line, Riley went out and made sure to land this 280-pounder.

Isaac Seumalo

Mike Riley may have just found the cure for defensive pressure in Isaac Seumalo. (Photo Credit OregonLive)

Andrews immediately brings versatility to the fold, with an ability to play tackle on either side of the line. His size and power make him an ideal run blocker. Any way the Beavers can improve the run game makes them that much better.

The biggest thing Andrews needs to work on is his quickness and getting that first step off the line.

2) Caleb Smith

Now that ‘Quizz has departed for the NFL, the Beavers have changed their offensive mindset from ground-pound to all out aerial. Unfortunately, the Beavers are losing one of their best 3rd down/red zone options in tight end Joel Halahuni.

Enter Caleb Smith. Coming in at 6’7 and 238 lbs. Smith is a big tight end. His lean size and big reach have mismatch written all over it. With plenty of teams chasing him down the stretch, OSU’s lucky this kid wanted to be a Beaver.

Reminds me a lot of Rob Gronkowski—star tight end for the New England Patriots—which gets me pretty excited about that offense.

1) Isaac Seumalo

One of the biggest disasters for the 2011 Beavers was controlling defensive pressure. Mike Riley may have just found the cure in Isaac Seumalo.

Seumalo is a big 6’3 275 lb. Corvallis native, who has been seen by many as one of the nation’s top guard prospects.

He’s been praised for the quickness of his first step, and he has the power to take on any defense.

Though offensive line is a huge need for the Beavers, there has been talk of trying Seumalo out on defense. With his quickness and overall strength, he could be Stephen Paea 2.0.

Wherever he plays he’s got the makings of a great player.


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